THE WOODLANDS, Texas – The No. 10 University of Arkansas men’s golf team won its seventh tournament of the season on Tuesday when they took the team title at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate in The Woodlands, Texas. Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen, and freshmen Kolton Crawford and Thomas Sorensen each tied for third at the event with scores of six-under par to pace the Razorbacks to their school record win.
Arkansas led by four strokes entering Tuesday’s action and withstood a late charge by North Texas over the final three holes of the tournament to win by one. The Razorbacks finished at 23-under par for the 54-hole event with North Texas at 22-under par. No. 14 Texas A&M finished third at 19-under par with SMU (-7) and No. 27 Baylor (-3) rounding out the top five.
“It came down to the end today, but I think that all the close tournaments that we played in this year helped us down the stretch,” Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin said. “To have three players finish in the top five at any tournament is a great outing and I couldn’t have been more proud of what they did. We needed every stroke to win,”
Sorensen was the only Razorback to post three rounds at either par or better at the All-American as he finished the tournament with a round of one-under par and six-under for 54 holes. Sorenson’s day consisted of four birdies and three bogeys and the Dane was three-under par midway through the round before a pair of bogeys over the final three holes moved him back to one-under. The six-under par score for Sorenson was his first sub-par score of his career and his third-place finish is also a career high.
Fellow first-year player, Crawford, also finished the tournament at six-under par as he shot a score of one-over par on the final round of the All-American. Crawford stood at one-under par after two holes and stayed there with eight-straight pars until a bogey on 11. Back-to-back birdie-bogeys on 13 and 14 kept him at even par until a bogey on 18 left him at one-over. Crawford’s finish is also a career best and his six-under is his best relative to par.
Cappelen tied a tournament record on Monday with his second round score of 65 and wrapped up the tournament with round of one-under par, 71. Playing fantastic golf for most of the day with four birdies, a single bogey and 11 pars, Cappelen ran into trouble on 17 with a double bogey, but came back with a par on 18 to finish off the Arkansas win.
While not one of Arkansas’ players to finish tied for third, senior Ethan Tracy posted Arkansas best score of the day when he shot two-under par on Tuesday. Tracy was his usual consistent self on the final round of the All-American with three birdies, a single bogey and 14 pars. The elder statesman of the golf team was even par through nine holes and shot two-under on the back nine of the course to tie for 14th overall.
Junior Austin Cook struggled throughout the round after a solid first day and finished the tournament tied for 42nd at four-over par. The Jonesboro, Ark., native tallied three birdies and eight bogeys over the final 18 holes of the tournament.
Playing as an individual, junior Josh Eure completed the competition with a round of one-over par to finish tied for 10th overall at three-under par. Eure bracketed a round of 67 with rounds of 73 at the event and was one-under par on the longest holes of the course on Tuesday. After a tough front nine, Eure was much better over the final nine holes, going two-under during that stretch
The Razorbacks’ next tournament is the Southeastern Conference Championships, scheduled for April 20-22 at Sea Island, Ga.